Exclusive Commander Legends: Battle For Baldur’s Gate Preview Card – Intellect Devourer

The latest Magic: The Gathering set is on its way in just a few weeks (pre-release starts a week from Friday, so be sure to register for events at your local game store). Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate brings the game back to the Dungeons & Dragons and the Forgotten Realms setting, but as the name suggests, the set focuses on an important location in video games and tabletop adventures, Baldur’s Gate. Last week we posted an overview of the set and its mechanics, so check out this story for the lowdown on the new and returning mechanics.

Wizards of the Coast has graciously allowed us to preview one of the cards that comes with this set, and this creature might want all the great plays you can muster. Take a look at Intellect Devourers.

Art by Brian Valeza

This spooky fellow will do his best to make sure you always have something to do after you put this 2/4 horror for 3B into play, and you don’t even have to dig through your own deck. Intellect Devourer exiles a card from each opponent’s hand (from her choose) until Intellect Devourer leaves the battlefield. Then you can play lands or spells from those exiled cards and spend mana as if it were any color to cast them. You might not get the best of what every player is holding, but this creature can offer you loads of value in the right deck while also becoming a major nuisance to the rest of the table.


Art by Martina Fačková

Of course, Intellect Devourer fits into decks that care about playing spells you don’t own or control. Battle for Baldur’s Gate already has a great commander for this theme in Tasha, the Witch Queen, a planeswalker who rewards you with 3/3 fliers every time you cast someone else’s spell. Tasha also steals spells from an opponent’s graveyard, which works beautifully with Intellect Devourer, since spells that are exiled and cast with it go straight into their owner’s trash can after you’re done with them.


Art by Zack Stella

May I suggest a copy of Thassa, Deep-Dwelling to keep Intellect Devourer’s hand steal strong for multiple turns in a Tasha deck? Thassa can exile and return up to one creature you control onto the battlefield (also under your control) at the end of your turn. That way, Blinking Intellect Devourer refills your hand just in time for your opponent’s moves. You can also play some fun political games with allies, letting them cast their removal spells, landdrops, or creatures that would benefit the truce you’re building. Be careful with Thassa’s blinks, however, as Intellect Devourer specifically says it exiles cards until it leaves the game, meaning that once Intellect Devourer is blinked by Thassa, those stolen cards go back into the owner’s hands, when not used. Make sure you’ve played and cast as much as possible before stocking up on stolen spells.

These are just a few use cases for this witty horror that’s sure to cause some frustration in any Commander playgroup when used properly. If you have any sneaky ideas on how to take full advantage of Intellect Devourer, let me know in the comments below.

Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur’s Gate is a fully configurable, Commander-centric set releasing in print on June 10th, with Prerelease events beginning June 3rd on participating WPN game stores. If you want to play digitally, Battle for Baldur’s Gate can be drafted on Magic Online on June 10th, while MTG Arena will also get into the Baldur’s Gate fun on July 7th with an injection of cards in Alchemy and Historic formats.

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